'I intend my art to not so much reveal and illuminate, but to deepen mysteries, to declare the strange, even terrifying, in the familiar and banal around us.'
The paintings of Jonathan Alibone are derived from found images and manmade or natural phenomena, manipulated and transformed to introduce mystery, ambiguity, and into which weave new narratives. They depict a land and its inhabitants at the furthest reaches of our own; a world that is recognizable, yet also strange and unknowable. Imagination, myth and history combine to evoke an unsettling and traumatised territory, which can be understood as both a physical and a psychological landscape; a contested frontier that lies between the safe and familiar, and something desolate, threatening and uncanny.
A process of loss and retrieval is enacted upon the canvas; images are repeatedly created and then destroyed in order to heighten the tension between the figurative and the abstract. This strategy works to reinforce the perception of people and places as liminal, existing simultaneously in two worlds or states, dissolving or emerging from the paint; here there is found an absence in every presence, and vice versa. Like residual and indistinct memories, they are ambiguous and unreliable, half forgotten, half remembered.
Jonathan Alibone is an artist based in the United Kingdom, and is currently both a resident and curator at the Artist's Sanctuary in Northampton, England. He has exhibited widely and his work features in collections in the UK, Europe, Russia and North America.